BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Thousands of New York parents are refusing to have their children take the statewide English assessments being given this week.
They're protesting state education policy that they say puts so much emphasis on testing that it interferes with learning.
Results of the three-day assessments don't count toward student averages, but they do factor into teacher and school evaluations. In New York City, they help determine whether students pass or fail.
Groups compiling numbers from around the state estimate that more than 25,000 of the more than 1 million third- through eighth-graders in the testing pool are skipping this week's tests. Long Island is seeing the highest opt-out numbers.
Depending on the district, students are either quietly reading during the daily 70- to 80-minute sessions or at their desks doing nothing.